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Person 2 Person: Olympic gold medalist & skier Ted Ligety

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Person 2 Person: Olympic gold medalist, Ted Ligety (Photo courtesy U.S. Ski Team)

(KUTV) Ted Ligety is a Utah native who has won two Olympic gold medals in ski racing.

Ligety told Shauna Lake he wasn't always a skiing star.

"When I was a kid growing up, I was definitely not one of the better kids out there," he said. "To be able to go out there and win a bunch of World Cups now is pretty unbelievable. It's definitely surpassed my expectations."

His skiing career really started improving when he was about 17 or 18 years old.

"My technique was there--I just didn't have the ability to find speed and all of a sudden it clicked. I was a little bit more physically mature, maybe a little more mentally mature as well, and was able to start figuring it out."

Ligety definitely figured it out. He won his first gold medal at 21 years old in the 2006 Torino Olympics.

After his downhill run, he was in 30th place.

"I was like, 'Oh well, I don't think it's going to happen today,'" Ligety said of winning a medal.

But, he had an "amazing" slalom run and moved up to third place. That's when he thought he could have a chance.

"The next run I went as hard as I could again," Ligety described. "Came down with a huge lead and the next couple of guys couldn't top it. And to see 'gold medalist' next to my name was pretty stunning."

Ligety's parents were also able to attend the games and see his win.

"Seeing them was probably the first time I felt a little bit of the emotion of it because they were showing some emotion and they knew how much hard work it took," he said.

Ligety won his second gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"That was a totally different experience in the sense that I was the favorite," he said.

He felt relieved after his first run and was head by a little over a second.

"I was able to relax a lot more that next run, and came down to see the green light," he explained. "And as opposed to the first one--I was stunned--it was more like a big, deep breath."

Ligety is looking ahead to the 2018 Olympics after suffering some injuries and having surgeries.

Last year he blew out his knee and this January he decided to get back surgery

"I was having sciatic pain all down my leg and was trying to race in pain and it wasn't really working out," he said.

Ligety has been busy rehabbing and just started skiing again in Deer Valley a couple weeks ago.

"It's so awesome to be able to ski gain, especially pain-free," he said.

Ligety is also looking forward to celebrating two years of marriage in July to his wife, Mia. And along with that celebration, will come a baby!

His wife is due this July as well.

"It's pretty surreal for sure. It's hard to fathom as well," Ligety said of becoming a dad. "I think any new dad doesn't really know what's going on until it actually comes out and you're holding it in your arms."

To keep up with Ted Ligety, you can visit his website.

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